Ghislaine Wood Biography

Sample fabric, United Turkey Red Co. Ltd., Dumbarton, Scotland, 1880. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Sample fabric, United Turkey Red Co. Ltd., Dumbarton, Scotland, 1880. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Name: Ghislaine Wood

Role: Senior Curator, Research Department

Research Interests

Project curator specialising in 20th century art and design.

Current projects include

Lead Curator, Scottish Design Galleries, V&A at Dundee Opening in 2017, the Scottish Design Galleries at V&A at Dundee will present the extraordinary and internationally significant story of Scotland’s design heritage. The galleries will provide an introduction to over 500 years of Scottish design across the globe and will include around 250 objects drawn from the V&A and from collections across Scotland and abroad. A number of publications will be produced in association with the Scottish Design Galleries. Areas of research include: Scottish design and diaspora; symbolism and national identity; and Modernism in Scotland.

Ocean Liners

A major new research project will explore the cultural significance and design development of ocean liners from c.1850 to 1970.


British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age (V&A, London, 2012)

Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design (V&A, London; Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto,  2007-2008)

Art Deco 1910-1939 (V&A, London; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2003-2005)

Art Nouveau 1890-1914 (V&A, London; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, 2000-2001)

Selected Published Writings

British Design: Tradition and Modernity, ed. with Fiona Fisher and Christopher Breward, (London: Berg Publishers, 2014 forthcoming)

‘Art Deco Fashion’, in Tim Benton (ed.) The Modern Taste: Art Deco in Paris 1910-1934, (Madrid: Fundacion March, 2015 forthcoming)

British Design from 1948: Innovation in the Modern Age, ed. with Christopher Breward, (London: V&A Publications, 2012)

Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design, ed. (London: V&A Publications, 2007)

Art Deco 1910-1939, ed. with Charlotte Benton and Tim Benton, (London: V&A Publications, 2003)

The Surreal Body: Fetish and Fashion, (London: V&A Publications, 2007)

Art Nouveau and the Erotic, (London: V&A Publications, 2000)

‘Symbols of the Sacred and Profane’, in Paul Greenhalgh (ed.) Art Nouveau 1890-1914, (London: V&A Publications, 2000)

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British Design from 1948: Innovation in the Modern Age (Paperback)

British Design from 1948: Innovation in the Modern Age (Paperback)

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